Minor In Possession Of Alcohol Or Drugs

Seattle Minor in Possession (MIP) Lawyer

Often times a Seattle juvenile’s first introduction into the criminal system is with the charge of minor in possession or consumption of alcohol. The idea of having a criminal record is scary at any age, but particularly as an adolescent. A MIP conviction can have long-term negative consequences that can effect college admission, employment opportunity, and the ability to drive.

A juvenile (a person under 21 years of age) can be charged with MIP in Seattle whether or not they are actually in possession of alcohol. If a Seattle officer detects the presence of alcohol through a portable breath test or believes the minor to be exhibiting the signs of being under the influence, the result may be a MIP charge.

A MIP in the Seattle area is a Gross Misdemeanor and can carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Additionally, if you are under the age of 18 and are arrested for MIP, DUI, or possession of marijuana in the Seattle or King County area, you’ll also be subject to an automatic driver’s license suspension – whether you were driving or not.

Horwath Law attorneys use their vast experience with the Seattle, King County, WA criminal justice system and MIP defense to avoid long-term consequences.

If you or a son or daughter faces criminal charges for teenage drinking, teenage driving or drug crimes, call Angela Horwath at 206.660.9990.


"We Got This Case Dismissed"
     This was probably the most stressful thing I've ever gone through in my life but Angela was always there to guide me! We got this case dismissed and I could seriously not be anymore happy and satisfied with her services. Very genuine and caring person not to mention amazing at what she does!!
– Brittany
"My Husband DUI Case Was Dismissed..."
     I hired Horwath Law to represent my husband for a DUI case and a year later the case was dismissed because of all their hard work. A DUI case dropped in one if the hardest counties in Washington. Thank you so much for driving all the way down to help us. I recommend everyone to this office. They let us make payments and truly helped us. Thank you to both ladies Kelsey and Hayley.
– Sarah Linne Miller
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When I got a DUI, I had no idea what to do. Having never been arrested, I was overwhelmed with fear, regret and questions. [...] Not only did Angela and her dedicated staff fight for me in the courtroom, they also walked me through the countless bureaucratic obstacles along the way. Whether dealing with judges, counselors or administrators, it quickly became clear that the Horwath name carries a lot of weight. "
– Anonymous


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